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Dr Mike Boyes  (Chair)

Mike is a senior lecturer in outdoor education at the School of Physical Education. Dr Boyes is interested in all facets of outdoor education. Recently, he has focussed on outdoor leadership and teaching/learning processes in the outdoors. Some of his research projects currently underway include: outdoor leadership decision making, sail training programmes and effectiveness, safety management by children, outdoor adventure tourism, and school based outdoor education programmes.

Details of Mikes recent research publications and interest can be found at:


Dr Mike Brown

Mike is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies at The University of Waikato.  Mike's research interests include: The intersection of outdoor education theory with practice; Facilitation and the mediating role of the instructor in student experiences; Place-based approaches to learning in the outdoors, and experiential learning theory.

More detail of Mikes research publications can be found at:
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Dr Grant Davidson

Grant is currently Chief Executive of the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuit Centre. Grant has a PhD in risk management from the School of Management at Waikato University and is considered an international expert in this field.


Dr Anna Thompson

Anna has been a senior lecturer and lecturer in the Department of Tourism since 2001. Anna has published in the fields of eco tourism, adventure tourism, entrepreneurship and visitor interpretation. Her other research interests include: wilderness recreation planning, sustainable SMTEs and destinations, cultural landscapes and the history of alpine and polar region recreation.

Details of Anna’s recent research publications and interest can be found at:


Gordon Cessford

Having previously worked as a researcher for DOC and SPARC Gordon is now undertaking freelance research.



Michael K Lamont JP, MPP(Vic); Dip PTY(Otago); Dip Occ Health (Otago).

Mike is Chair of Mangere Community Health Trust; Chair Genesis Youth Trust (youth offending program); former Hon Research Fellow Department of General Practice, Auckland School of Medicine; Editor of 2 books on Ski Trauma and Skiing Safety (ASTM Special Editions); original research on Skiers Thumb; injury data research and publication for NZ ski fields for over 15 years; Hon Life Member International Society for Skiing Safety and Hon Secretary to that organisation.

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